As we count down the days and weeks until the end of 2014, we’re getting closer to wrapping up an amazing year. It’s been a great year to be working with WordPress, as the software has continued to grow and develop into a product that solves any digital problem and can host any type of web site.
For this edition of Weekend Reading, we’re focusing on WordPress – especially since they just released a big update, version 3.8. Digital Ink clients will get updated to it in the next few days, as we take it for a test run and make sure there’ll be nothing but good things about upgrading your sites.
Dubbed “Parker” in honor of American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker, WordPress 3.8 brings a new look to the entire admin dashboard.
The new features are as follows:
Integrated into the popular blogging software using a new plugin developed by Weber Shandwick, bloggers that utilize the self-hosted version of WordPress can now use Google Glass to post media directly to their blog. Potentially ideal for live events, the wpForGlass plugin will post both photos and video to the blog.
Ottawa-based Storm Internet learned a valuable lesson in keeping software up to date – especially when its the content management system behind your website, report malware researchers at Blue Coat.
Without knowing it, the Internet service provider was hosting thousands of malware pages peddling the familiar Canadian Pharmacy spam along with a lot of other malware and junk you generally don’t want on your servers. The Blue Coat team noticed the malicious activity on the site and linked it back to an intrusion on Nov. 27 to Storm’s site caused by a malicious PHP file that was uploaded into the WordPress uploads directly via a vulnerability in the “wp_mailinglist” plugin. After that foothold was gained, hackers found their way into the main WordPress directory and started generating malware pages as needed.